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Dell Networking N2000 Series Switch Configuration Guide for EqualLogic SANs

Dell Storage Engineering May 2014

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Revisions

Date Description

May 2014 Initial release

2014 Dell Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction of this material in any manner whatsoever without the express

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Table of contents Revisions ............................................................................................................................................................................................. 2

1 Introduction ................................................................................................................................................................................ 4

1.1 Audience ........................................................................................................................................................................... 4

1.2 Switch details ................................................................................................................................................................... 4

1.3 Cabling diagram .............................................................................................................................................................. 5

2 Dell recommended switch configuration ............................................................................................................................. 6

2.1 Hardware configuration ................................................................................................................................................. 6

2.2 Delete startup configuration ......................................................................................................................................... 6

2.3 Configure out-of-band management port (Optional) ............................................................................................. 8

2.4 HTTP and Telnet authentication .................................................................................................................................. 8

2.5 Enable iSCSI optimization feature ................................................................................................................................ 9

2.6 Enable flow control ........................................................................................................................................................ 9

2.7 Configure Jumbo MTU for all ports .......................................................................................................................... 10

2.8 Configure spanning tree portfast on edge ports..................................................................................................... 10

2.9 Configure 10GbE ports for LAG ................................................................................................................................. 10

2.10 Save configuration ........................................................................................................................................................ 10

2.11 Configure additional switch ......................................................................................................................................... 11

3 Stack configuration (optional) ............................................................................................................................................... 12

3.1 Configure out-of-band management port (Optional) ........................................................................................... 14

3.2 HTTP and Telnet authentication ................................................................................................................................ 14

3.3 Enable iSCSI optimization feature .............................................................................................................................. 15

3.4 Enable flow control ...................................................................................................................................................... 15

3.5 Configure Jumbo MTU for all ports .......................................................................................................................... 16

3.6 Configure spanning tree portfast on edge ports..................................................................................................... 16

3.7 Save configuration ........................................................................................................................................................ 16

Additional resources ....................................................................................................................................................................... 17

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1 Introduction This document illustrates how to configure Dell Networking N2000 Series switches for use with

EqualLogic PS Series storage using Dell best practices. The recommended configuration uses link

aggregation groups (LAGs) for inter-switch connections.

If you are following the Rapid EqualLogic Configuration steps at

http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/storage/w/wiki/3615.rapid-equallogic-configuration-portal-

by-sis.aspx, use sections 1 and 2 from this guide for LAG, or sections 1 and 3 from this guide for stack

configuration.

For more information on EqualLogic SAN design recommendations, see the EqualLogic Configuration

Guide at: http://en.community.dell.com/dell-

groups/dtcmedia/m/mediagallery/19852516/download.aspx.

1.1 Audience This switch configuration guide describes an optimal configuration following Dell best practices for an

EqualLogic iSCSI SAN and is intended for storage or network administrators and deployment personnel.

1.2 Switch details The table below provides an overview of the switch configuration.

Table 1 Switch specifications

Dell Networking N2000 Series

Switch vendor Dell

Switch model Dell Networking N2000 series N2024, N2048

Switch firmware 6.0.1.3 and later

Note: For proper functionality, the switch must be at the switch firmware version shown in the table

above before proceeding with this configuration. Using previous firmware versions may have

unpredictable results.

The latest firmware updates and documentation can be found at: support.dell.com.

http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/storage/w/wiki/3615.rapid-equallogic-configuration-portal-by-sis.aspxhttp://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/storage/w/wiki/3615.rapid-equallogic-configuration-portal-by-sis.aspxhttp://en.community.dell.com/dell-groups/dtcmedia/m/mediagallery/19852516/download.aspxhttp://en.community.dell.com/dell-groups/dtcmedia/m/mediagallery/19852516/download.aspxhttp://www.force10networks.com/

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1.3 Cabling diagram The cabling diagram shown below represents the Dell recommend method for deploying your servers and

EqualLogic arrays.

Figure 1 Cabling diagram

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2 Dell recommended switch configuration These steps show you how to configure two Dell Networking N2000 switches with a Link Aggregation

Group (LAG). The switches are interconnected using the fixed 10GbE SFP+ module on the front and the

LAG is configured for Dynamic Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP).

2.1 Hardware configuration 1. Power on the two switches.

2. Connect a serial cable to the serial port of the first switch.

3. Using any terminal utility, open a serial connection session to the switch.

4. Open your terminal emulator and configure it to use the serial port (usually COM1, but this may

vary depending on your system). Configure serial communications for 9600,N,8,1 and no flow

control.

5. Connect the optical cables between the fixed 10GbE module on the front of the N2000 switches.

See this configuration in Figure 1.

2.2 Delete startup configuration

Note: All configuration settings will be deleted

console>enable

console#reload

Are you sure you want to reload the stack? (y/n) y

Note: The switch will reboot.

Follow the prompts shown below when the Main Menu is displayed during the bootup process.

Dell Networking Boot Options

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Select a menu option within 3 seconds or the Operational Code will start

automatically...

1 - Start Operational Code

2 - Display Boot Menu

Select (1, 2)# 2

Boot Main Menu

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